Over recent weeks, Vice Captain Max Murrain has been organising weekend net sessions at Paddington Recreation Ground, which have been very well attended and sensibly socially distanced.
Besides being great fun, this is just the preparation we've needed, as last night the UK Government u-turned (probably after Vaughny called them all Muppets in a BBC interview the other day) and announced a return to recreational cricket in England from 11 July 2020.
We understand there will be more guidance coming out on how to play sensibly and mitigate the spread of the virus. We'll keep an eye out for that advice and will implement on game day as necessary... I'm sure it'll be fairly straightforward since the game is pretty much the most socially distanced game of all.
Anyway, for those mad on cricket like The Wash this is of course great news. Indications are that Wash CC members are up for a game next weekend and so we're checking with our 'next' oppo to see if they're keen. Look out for emails from our July Match Manager.
One last point... as keen as we are to play, we all need to remember that the virus is still out there. The last thing we want is a full return to sloppy celebratory kisses and massive manhugs when we take all those wickets you've been dreaming of... thus increasing the risk of spreading the virus after all this good isolation work we've done. So, please consider your own and your families health and well-being when saying YES to play. Consider the transport options, wear masks when in public or on public transport, maintain good hand-washing etc. etc. In short, be sensible! Just like we do when we're asked to come in at 6 and hold up an end to get us home... yeah... well never mind... you know what I mean?!
Best wishes to all and see you real soon,
Wash CC Chairperson
on behalf of the Washington CC Committee
PS.... let's get ready to smash the leather and recapture the spirit of this marvellous game, captured here below in one of my fave Wash images!